Virginia Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Motorcycle riders are in a unique position on the road. They enjoy the freedoms that come with their chosen form of transportation, but they are also left exposed to dangers not met by automobile drivers and other motorists. The lack of any substantial protective barriers between a motorcycle and the road, as well as the difficulty other motorists may have in anticipating and seeing motorcycles, leave riders prone to serious injury. Motorcycles make smaller visual targets, which are more likely to be obscured by other vehicles and road and weather conditions. This is especially true at intersections where approximately 70% of motorcycle accident collisions occur.
There are more motorcycles on U.S. roads than ever before. There are over 170,000 motorcycles registered in Virginia alone. That number has been steadily increasing over the years. Unfortunately, there has been a substantial increase in the number of motorcycle accidents. Motorcycle fatalities in Virginia have increased over 100% in the last five years. The most common motorcycle injuries include:
- Head and brain injuries
- Broken bones in legs and feet
- Internal trauma
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Road rash
Virginia law requires all motorcycle operators and passengers to wear helmets. Notwithstanding this, head injuries remain the leading cause of motorcycle fatalities.
Research has shown that motorcycle operators are not responsible for the majority of the crashes. In most cases, the driver of a larger vehicle did not see the motorcycle. This does not excuse those motorists from legal responsibility. Bikers have equal rights to our roads and may be entitled to significant compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Personal injury attorney Ed Meade has significant experience handling motorcycle accident cases. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, please contact The Meade Law Firm today in order to schedule a free personal injury case evaluation. We want to help. (804) 377-2273.